Senior judges have thrown out Martin Murray’s appeal against being found guilty of the fatal knife attack on Eamonn Hughes seven years ago. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Alan Erwin A man jailed for murdering a father as he walked home from his daughter’s 18th birthday party failed today in a bid to overturn his convict(...)

Undated family handout  photograph of John-Pat Cunningham.  Mr Cunningham (27), who had learning difficulties, was shot by the British Army in a field in Benburb, Co Armagh in 1974. File photograph: PA Wire

A 73-year-old former soldier has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with the attempted murder of a man with learning difficulties more than(...)

Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

In the republican strongholds of the North where the writ of the RUC did not run, the local wiseacres had a saying: “There is no law – but there is order.”

In the wake of the Maíria Cahill disclosures of her sexual abuse, Sinn Féin has found itself caught in an uncomfortable spotlight over the manner in w(...)

The brother of  newly-wed murdered Brendan Megraw, so called ’Disappeared’, has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches commencing in remote bogland in the Irish Republic today.  File Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The brother of a newly-wed murdered and secretly buried by the IRA has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches commencing i(...)

A piece on Brendan Megraw in  the  book The Disappeared Of Northern Ireland’s Troubles which collates the personal stories of 14 of the families affected. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Fresh searches for one of the IRA’s so-called Disappeared victims are to start in Co Meath within days.Specialist forensic investigators are preparin(...)

Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives at court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum and Glaswegian Melissa Reid were today sentenced to six years and eight months for attempting to smuggle drugs out (...)

Kieran Megraw, brother of Brendan Megraw  from West Belfast, has made a fresh appeal for the whereabouts of his brother’s body. He vanished in April 1978 and is thought to have been secretly buried at a spot near Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The brother of a man kidnapped and killed by the IRA 35 years ago has made a fresh appeal for information about the location of his body.Newlywed Bren(...)

Michaella McCollum  is escorted from a truck to court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, earlier this month. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid have been transferred from the minimum security wing of the Virgen de Fatima prison in Chorrillos, Lima, to Santa (...)

Melissa Reid (left) and Belfast resident Michaella McCollum Connolly (back) are escorted by police after leaving the public prosecutor’s office at Callao, last month. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

A Scottish woman arrested in Peru on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine worth € 1.7 million out of the country is prepared to plead guilty in exch(...)